Indoor vaccination begins at the Boeing Activity Center

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EVERETT — The Boeing Activity Center is now home to Snohomish County’s first indoor mass vaccination clinic. When there is sufficient supply, it has the capacity to administer 300 injections per hour and 10,000 per week.

Located at 6400 36th Ave. W in Everett, this is the county’s fourth mass vaccination site.

Vaccinations are available by appointment only.

Operations at the Paine Field site have been suspended and transferred to the Boeing site. People who received their first dose at the Paine Field site will receive their second dose at the Boeing site.

Currently, the only people eligible for a vaccine are everyone 65 and older, healthcare workers, high-risk first responders, long-term care home residents and staff, and anyone over 50. and more who lives in a multi-generational home. Those who are eligible are asked to first contact their GP, clinic or pharmacy to try to book an appointment.

On Wednesday afternoon, vaccination appointments could not be scheduled at any of the county’s mass vaccination sites due to insufficient vaccine supplies. The number of county residents who are eligible to get vaccinated far exceeds the number of doses currently available, and appointments are filled within hours of being posted.

Appointment availability will reopen when more doses become available.

Eligible persons are asked to check again on the county health district website at www.snohd.org/covidvaccine. When appointments are available, they can be scheduled on this website.

Those who do not have internet access or need language support can call 425-339-5278 to schedule an appointment.

Information about the vaccine administered at each location is noted online with registration links. Patients should keep the vaccination card given to them when they receive their first dose, and they are asked to take a photo on their phone in case the card is lost or damaged. They should receive two doses of the Moderna vaccine about 28 days apart. The second dose should be as close to the recommended interval as possible, but may be up to six weeks after the first. Even if the second dose is somewhat delayed beyond that, the first dose does not need to be repeated.

The Moderna vaccine is administered at the Boeing site by nurses from the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association.

Approximately 250 parking spaces are available in the site car park. Boeing personnel direct traffic and ask drivers to confirm their meeting times before pulling into the lot.

Up to three additional mass vaccination sites are planned across the county, according to a Snohomish County news release.

The county is also moving forward with mobile vaccination clinics. This week, emergency medical services personnel from the Snohomish County Fire Task Force began administering vaccines to adult family homes. On Monday, they vaccinated 88 staff and residents at 16 adult family homes as well as 203 staff and residents at the Everett Housing Authority. By the end of the week, they plan to administer vaccines to another 35 adult family homes and vaccinate about 200 additional residents at Everett Housing Authority properties.

Even after being vaccinated, people should continue to wear a mask in shared spaces, avoid large gatherings, stay home if they feel sick, wash their hands, and clean and disinfect surfaces. It is important to maintain preventive measures while work continues to vaccinate more people.

In total, more than 53,000 county residents have received their first shot of the vaccine so far, while another 8,400 have received both doses.

“It will take a tremendous amount of work to vaccinate all members of our community who want to be vaccinated,” Shawn Frederick, administrative manager for Snohomish Health District, said in a press release. “Our ability to do this is greatly enhanced by partners like Boeing. The Snohomish County Vaccine Task Force looks forward to further opportunities to work with industry leaders in our community on safe and effective access to vaccination.

Herald reporter Ellen Dennis: ellen.dennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen.

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